Meaningful Trips uses local, English‐speaking guides. They are the best tour guides in responsible adventure travel. They are part of our family. Your health, safety and enjoyment are their top priorities. They are passionate, knowledgable and help you transform your trip into an experience of your lifetime.
We really “dig” Tiam! She was born in the garden-city of Shiraz and has a masters in archeology. Tiam has worked in tourism for 8 years as an ecotourism guide and office manager. She loves guiding as it allows her to meet people from all over the world. She is passionate about history and archeology and is working on a thesis about Persian Carpets.
Duc ‘David’ Nguyen
David studied Tourism at the Open University of Hanoi, and joined Handspan in 2004. He grew up on a pristine island in the far north of Halong Bay, and his colleagues like to call this kayaking expert ‘Lord of the Islands’. Ask him to teach you about Vietnam’s best seafood, and if you’re brave you can ask him to play some cards while on your tour.
Phan Thi Thanh Bin
Binh has had a diverse career in tourism, and is great at opening your eyes to new understandings of Vietnamese culture. She has lived all her life in Hanoi, and enjoys sharing the secrets of the city and its surrounding handicraft villages. Ask her where to find the best hot pot restaurants and to show you photos of her two gorgeous kids.
Nguyen Tuan Anh
Anh has a great sense of humor and dreams of seeing the mountains of Australia. He’s a mountain biking expert, and knows all the best trails for cycling or trekking. An adventurous, free spirit, Anh is a great member of our team.
Everest / Jiri area
Gelbu Tseri Sherpa
Gelbu is from Solukhumbu, Sagarmatha, Nepal. He has been guiding since 1990. He has guided in the Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, Helambu and Mustang regions. His advanced guide training also covered responsible tourism.
Jangmu is from Sallery, Solukhumbu, Sagarmatha, Nepal. He started as a porter in 1997, and has been guiding since 2000. He is an expert in the Everest and Annapurna regions. His advanced guide training also covers responsible tourism.
Radhika is a local,from Pokhara. In the beginning, learning English was quite a hurdle. Now, after 3 years of guiding many visitors, her English gets better and better. Come trekking… she’ll be more than happy to practice her English with you.
Renuka is from Baglung and has been guiding for 3 years. The most significant thing achieved while at EWN is a first-time-ever feeling of economic empowerment. Her advice to visitors to Nepal… learn how to be flexible.
Renuka is from Tanahu and has been guiding for 3 years. What she loves most about guiding is getting to learn more about her OWN culture and the many ecosystems of the Himalaya. EWN has given her economic independence and so much more.
Bhagwati is from Sunawal, in southwest Nepal. She has been guiding for 4 years. Her recommendation for guests visiting Nepal to trek… do your training and exercise… you’ll need it.
Bina is from Tanahu, located midway between Pokhara and Chitwan National Park to the south. Bina just loves meeting and sharing experiences with guests from all over the world.
Indra Bahadur Rai
Indra is from a small village called Chaukidada. He has been guiding in Nepal for 10 years. He welcomes you to visit his country, and when you do, you will see his infectious smile. Indra enjoys playing the flute and madal (drum).
Nirma is the most senior female 3-Sister’s guide and has been showing visitors the splendors of the Himalaya safely for 10 years. Nirma was born in the Solo Khumu -this is the Everest region and male Sherpa guides are legendary. Nirma is the first female from her village to be trained as a guide and the first to work in tourism. On May 31, 2011 at 5:15 am Nepali time, Nirma Rai, Shanti Kala Rai, Manu Gurung, and Saraswati Bishwakarma (all 3 Sisters guides), reached the summit of Annapurna IV (24,688’ / 7525m) along with their team of Sherpas.
Pulak has been a professional tour guide for many years, and has an absolute passion for the distinct local cultures and natural ecosystems of Orissa. Pulak works with rural and indigenous communities – providing them ethical opportunities to engage, share and grow. Pulak sees meaningful travel as a way to expand tourism’s reach to do good and highlight the great work of local organizations such as New Hope. When he is not on the road, you can find Pulak on the cricket pitch practicing his spin.
Prakash is passionate about North Kerala, its culture and heritage. He has made a tremendous contribution to various initiatives in the field of art and culture of this area. For the last four years he has been showcasing Kerala to guests coming from all parts of the world. He loves the local cuisine and enjoys sharing the secrets of Kerala culture. Prakash also has a passion for journalism.
Hijazi has been a guide and travel consultant in Palestine since 1998. For three years he was the director of Abraham’s Path (Masar Ibrahim). He has a deep love Palestine, its people, its culture, and its land. He has an intimate understanding and knowledge of its history. Hijazi supports responsible tourism that protects the environment; creates economic opportunities for local communities; and enables a positive cultural exchange between guest and host through one-on-one interaction. Hijazi’s strong belief is that travel encourages tolerance and breaks down prejudice.